2012 was the year I really discovered Staten Island, where I have lived for almost 30 years, but never really got into exploring much, because Staten Island is so overshadowed by another NYC borough: Manhattan. The lure of Manhattan was the real reason I moved from California to New York, but I settled in the borough that looked the most like California.
From my view, this year was bookended with two tragedies: In January, 2012, was the fire on the corner of my street (Park Avenue and Castleton Avenue in Port Richmond, Staten Island). It was a huge, historic house, built in the early 20th century, that burned half way before the fire was put out by multiple fire companies from Staten Island and Brooklyn. The year primarily ends with another tragedy, Hurricane Sandy, which devastated my former neighborhood of Midland Beach, where I lived for 15 years before moving 3 years ago to Port Richmond. These I think are a few of my best photos from this year:
This was the year I discovered the Greenbelt in Staten Island and how much it has to offer in terms of adventure. Whereas, Manhattan is quintessential urban, Staten Island is quintessential suburbia. I like suburbia, but I also like being only an hour bus ride from the Big Apple.